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Fill your oil painting with light color

At times, you will need to fill your oil painting with light color. There are several oil painting technique to fill your oil painting with light color. One of the technique is Broken Color technique used in oil painting. Another technique used to fill your oil painting with light color is the Glazing technique used in oil painting.

In broken color oil painting technique, the oil paint brush strokes are kept separate, not blended and applied over a dry surface. This help the oil paint brush stroke retain the character and texture. The oil painting artist should use a fresh brush for each color applied.

This broken color oil painting technique is great when you want to fill your oil painting with light color to produce certain light effects such as a dappled light and rippling water. This broken color oil paint technique can also add interest to a fairly empty and unexciting background area of your oil painting as well as fill your oil painting with light color.

When should I use the broken color oil painting techniques?

The Broken color oil painting techniques are especially effective when used in contrast to more resolved areas of an oil painting. The broken color oil painting technique avoids pre- mixing your oil paint colors so you are able to work faster and your oil painting will be more lively.

Broken color technique in oil painting enables you to fill your oil paint with light color and make your oil painting more believable and interesting because your oil painting will be painted with brushstrokes with multiple colors rather than one single blended color. This helps the oil painting come to live and looks more realistic.

The Glazing technique in oil painting to fill your oil painting with light color

Glazing is another oil paint technique you can use to fill your oil painting with light color.

What is a glaze?

A glaze is a thin and transparent layer of oil paint that is laid over a previously painted dry area of the oil paint color to modify it in some way but not to totally hide it.

How to glaze my oil painting in order to fill my oil painting with light color?

You can glaze your oil painting by thinning your oil paint with a glaze medium such as Roberson Glaze Medium or turpentine mixed with a small amount of Spectragel medium. Turpentine on its own is not a good glaze medium but Spectragel helps to create a glaze that flows more easily so you can use it to fill your oil painting with light color.

What are glazes good for in oil painting?

Glazes in oil painting are good to fill your oil painting with light color to achieve certain light effects such as shadows and translucent colors or rich luminous depth in your oil paintings. Oil Paint glazes can be applied at any stage of your oil painting and over thick or thin oil paint.